Alhamdulilah by Bassam Al Selawi and Maysoon Masalha in an exhibition at Pullman Deira City Centre (Courtesy: Pullman Deira City Centre)
Alhamdulilah by Bassam Al Selawi and Maysoon Masalha in an exhibition at Pullman Deira City Centre (Courtesy: Pullman Deira City Centre)

Ramadan: Shadow sculptures

These beautiful shadow sculptures made by Bassam Al Selawi and Maysoon Masalha, permanent artists in residence at Abu Dhabi Art Hub are on display in the Pullman Deira City Centre for the month of Ramadan and for the entire month of August.

Crafted from resin to resemble a word or an image, the entire sculpture comes to life when a light is shone beneath it and the shadow in itself is a work of art.

Most of the work combines modern sculpture techniques with Arabic calligraphy (verses from the Quran) and the figure that is shown when the spotlight reveals the shadow brings the piece to life.

I am a personal fan of this work as I believe it is something refreshing in an over saturated art environment and I encourage you to go down and take a look for yourself.

Pullman Deira City Centre has a regular artist programme, showcasing the works of varying talents in their lobby space. For this particular collaboration, proceeds will raise donations for the Majid Al Futtaim Charity Foundation in the spirit of a charitable Ramadan.

Sheikh Zayed's poem

When it is unveiled at Abu Dhabi Art, the Standing Tall exhibition will appear as an interplay of poetry and art. The 100 scarves are 100 fragments surrounding five, figurative, female sculptures, and both sculptures and scarves are hand-embroidered by a group of refugee women artisans, who used the Palestinian cross-stitch embroidery art of tatreez. Fragments of Sheikh Zayed’s poem Your Love is Ruling My Heart, written in Arabic as a love poem to his nation, are embroidered onto both the sculptures and the scarves. Here is the English translation.

Your love is ruling over my heart

Your love is ruling over my heart, even a mountain can’t bear all of it

Woe for my heart of such a love, if it befell it and made it its home

You came on me like a gleaming sun, you are the cure for my soul of its sickness

Be lenient on me, oh tender one, and have mercy on who because of you is in ruins

You are like the Ajeed Al-reem [leader of the gazelle herd] for my country, the source of all of its knowledge

You waddle even when you stand still, with feet white like the blooming of the dates of the palm

Oh, who wishes to deprive me of sleep, the night has ended and I still have not seen you

You are the cure for my sickness and my support, you dried my throat up let me go and damp it

Help me, oh children of mine, for in his love my life will pass me by. 


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